Course Details - Youth entrepreneurship in agriculture and changing food systems

This 2-week course blends practical, hands-on training on developing career paths for young women and men during the start of their working lives, with the big picture perspective of agri-food systems models and labour market trends. Regarding career paths, the course looks at the preparation and start of work for young people in three
stages;

  1. Inspiration & education. How young people perceive agri-food
    systems, are (dis)incentivized to engage in this sector, and how current education systems do and don’t help them to start a career, especially in starting a business.
  2. Starting a business. What are the technical, life and business skills needed to start a business, and what support does a start-up need to increase its chances of success.
  3. Scaling a business. How does a business grow from micro- to SME stage, what are the main challenges that it faces and how to overcome them.

Food systems modelling

In parallel to this, participants are introduced to food systems modelling with an emphasis on socio-economic impact. While looking at the system as a whole, particular emphasis is placed on;

  • Household livelihoods and income, especially in rural contexts.
  • Developing inclusive value chains for different kinds of
    agri-products.
  • Healthy food for consumers, relating production and delivery to nutritious diets.

By integrating these two levels of analysis through teaching, case studies, field visits and application of tools, participants will develop a robust understanding of how complex agri-food systems function and how they can be developed to create jobs and start-up opportunities for youth with different educational backgrounds and resources.

Interactive course 

The course integrates classroom-based teaching with groupwork, developing case studies that allow participants to immediately apply the learning to real-world examples. Field visits provide the opportunity to learn about different teaching methodologies, good business practices and business incubators from first-hand experience of practitioners. By the end of the course, participants will be equipped with a robust understanding of a number of fields of expertise that will not only help them in their own current projects and programmes, but also what new partnerships and initiatives can be developed to improve entrepreneurial and job opportunities for youth.